Natalia Khanenko-Friesen

  • Associate Professor, Anthropology, Department Head, Religion and Culture
  • St. Thomas More College
  • 1437 College Drive Saskatoon, SK S7N 0W6
  • Phone: 306.966.6456
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Education | Research Interests | Research Projects | Selected Publications
Teaching Responsibilities | Administrative Responsibilities

Education

  • PhD, Cultural Anthropology and Ukrainian Folklore, University of Alberta, CANADA
  • MA, Ukrainian Folklore, University of Alberta, CANADA
  • Geography, Kyiv National University, UKRAINE

Research Interests

  • Diaspora studies and migrant communities
  • Oral history, life story narrative, folklore
  • Ukrainian studies
  • post-socialist transition in Eastern Europe

Research Projects

  • “The Folk Connection: Diaspora, Homeland and the Ukrainian ‘Other’ in the 20th Century”, research project supported by SSHRC research grant (2007-2011). This multistage research project outlines and questions the role of folklore and vernacular culture in the interaction between diaspora Ukrainians and Ukraine.
  • “Oral History of SocioCultural Change: Ukrainian Canadians on the  Prairies Provinces”  120 interviews were conducted in 2002-03 in Saskatchewan and Alberta. Project material is being transcribed and digitzed. The collection of interviews is accessible through the University of Saskatchewan Library System.
  • “Oral History of Decollectivisation in Ukraine in the 1990s.”  113 autobiographical interviews were recorded with former collective farmers in ten regions of Ukraine. Project materials are being transcribed, systematized and processed (2009-10). The collection of interviews will be made accessible to other researchers.
  •  Ukrainian Canadian Personal Memoirs. Project supported by SSHRC Standard Research Grant and PCUH. More than seventy personal memoirs are identified for this project thus far. Bibliographical information as well as copies of unpublished memoirs are held in PCUH Personal Sources Archives. The work on this project continues.
  • Letters from the Old Country - Project supported by RGLS grant and concerns ongoing collection and the analysis of personal correspondence between Ukraine and Canada in the 20th century.
  • Oral History of the 20th Street: Many Faces of City Core Neighbourhood  - Project supported by STM Distinct Area Research Award. Five year research project in collaboration with students enrolled in the course ANTH 330.3 Oral History and Storytelling: Anthropological Perspectives

       

Selected Publications and Presentations

Books

  • 2011 – Natalia Khanenko-Friesen. Інший Світ або Етніч­ність у Дії: Канадська Українськість Кінця Двадцятого Століття // Ethnicity in Action: Canadian Ukrainianness at the end of the 20th century. Ukrainian Studies Series. Kyiv, Ukraine: Smoloskyp Publishers. 392 pp. In Ukrainian.
  •  2011 -   Natalia Khanenko-Friesen with Kristina Fagan and Keith Carlson. Eds. Orality and Literacy: Reflections Across Disciplines. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  •  2010 -  Natalia Khanenko-Friesen with Gelinada Grinchenko. Eds. У пошуках Власного Голосу: Усна Історія як Теорія, Метод та Джерело // In Search of Voice: Oral History as Theory, Method, and Source. A publication of Ukrainian Oral History Association and V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University. Kharkiv: Torgsin Plus. Pp. 11-23. In Ukrainian.

Chapters in books    

  • 2011 -    “From Family Lore to a People’s History: the Role of Oral Culture in Ukrainian Claims to the Canadian Prairies.” In Orality and Literacy: Reflections Across Disciplines. Pp. 177-196. Eds. K. Carlson, K. Fagan, N. Khanenko-Friesen. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  •  2011 -   (with Kristina Fagan and Keith Carlson). “Introduction: Reading and Listening in Batoche.” In Orality and Literacy: Reflections Across Disciplines. Pp. 3-17. Eds. K. Carlson, K. Fagan, N. Khanenko-Friesen. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  •  2010 -  Natalia Khanenko-Friesen and Gelinada Grinchenko. “У пошуках Субєкта: Усна Історія у Плюральному Світі // In Search of a Subject: Oral History in a Plural World.” In У пошуках Власного Голосу: Усна Історія як Теорія, Метод та Джерело // In Search of Voice: Oral History as Theory, Method, and Source. A publication of Ukrainian Oral History Association and V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University. Kharkiv: Torgsin Plus. Pp. 11-23. In Ukrainian.
  •  2007-    “Robinson Crusoes, the Prostitutes, the Heroes? Constructing the Ukrainian Labour Migrant in Ukraine.” Hyphenated Histories: Articulations of Central European Bildung and Slavic Studies in the Contemporary Academy, ed. by Andrew Colin Gow. Leiden and Boston: Brill Academic Publishers. Pp.103-120.

Journal Publications

  • 2013 “Letters from the ‘Old Country’: Exploring and Defining Ukrainian Canadian Vernacular Letter Writing,” In Canadian Ethnic Studies Journal, Vol 42. No. 2. Forthcoming, 2013.
  •  2013  Labour Migration and Creating Writing: Carving New Transnational Spaces in Ukrainian Culture,In East/West: The Scholarly Journal for History and Culture, Special issue, “Neo-anti-colonialism vs Neo-imperialism: The Relevance of the Postcolonial Discourse in the Post -Soviet Space.” Edited by Gelinada Grinchenko and Tetiana Dzyadevych, Kharkiv, Ukraine: Kharkiv National University. Volume 16–17. Pp. 488-520. In Ukrainian.
  • 2010  “Ритуали повернення або українсько канадські траекторії діаспорного туризму // The Rituals of Homecoming or the Ukrainian Canadian Diaspora Tourism.” In Ukrainian Folklore Studies in Canada: New Visions of Traditional, Traditional Visions of New (Special Issue of Narodoznavchi Zoshyty, Ukrainian Journal of Ethnology (Eds. Andriy Nahachewsky, Natalia Kononenko, Mariia Mayerchyk,  Lviv, Ukraine: Institute of Ethnology. No. 3-4 (93-94). Pp. 60-74.  In Ukrainian.
  •  2010  У Пошуках Нового Суб’єкта Історії: Проект «Усна Історія Деколективізації В Україні 1990-Х Рр. – Селянський Досвід // “In Search of History’s Agents: Oral History of Decollectivization in Ukraine in the 1990s, In Ukrainskyi Istorychnyi Zhurnal  (Ukrainian History Journal,). Kyiv, Ukraine: Institute of History, Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. No. 5 (2010). Pp. 188-199. In Ukrainian
  •  2008 Oral Evidence and Interpretations: Ukrainian Canadian Research Practices). In East/West: The Scholarly Journal for History and Culture, Kharkiv, Ukraine: Kharkiv National University. No. 11-12, pp. 109-138. In Ukrainian.
  •  2007  “On Oral History and the Production of Meaning: Notes from the Ukrainian Canada,” Ukraiina Moderna (Modern Ukraine): Ukrainian Journal of Modern History, Kyiv-Lviv: Krytyka, No.11. Pp. 25-47. In English.
  •  2006   “Searching for Cinderellas, in Naples and Beyond: Popular Culture Responses to Labour Migration from Ukraine,” Spaces of Identity:  Tradition, Cultural Boundaries & Identity Formation in Central Europe (Peer-reviewed International Journal of Cultural Studies) No. 6.2. 18 pp. In English.
 Invited Lectures
  •  2013   Women Trafficking in Ukraine: Anthropological Perspectives, Symposium on human trafficking, organized by Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Mary 21-22.
  •  2011    In Search of History’s Subjects: Oral History of Decollectivisation in Ukraine in the 1990s, John Thompson Lecture Series, STM College. March 9.
  •  2011    Women’s Place in a Community History, Basilian Fathers Museum, Mundare, Alberta, October 1.
  •  2009    Oral History in Plural Worlds Keynote address. “In Search of One’s Own Voice: Oral History as Theory, Method, and Source,” International Symposium, Kharkiv National University//PCUH, Kharkiv, Ukraine, December 11-12.
  •  2008    Oral History Project: Decollectivization in Ukraine in the 1990s: Rural Perspectives and    Experiences, Chair of Ukrainian Studies, University of Ottawa, Fourth Annual Danyliw Research     Seminar in Contemporary Ukrainian Studies, University of Ottawa, October 23-25  .http://www.ukrainianstudies.uottawa.ca/pdf/P_Danyliw08_Khanenko-Friesen.pdf

Papers at Conferences

  •  A Century Apart: Ukrainian Immigrant Poetic Word at the turn of the 20th and the 21st centuries, Canadian Association of Slavists, Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities, Viktoria, June 1-3, 2013.
  •  The Female Face of Ukrainian Migrants’ Creative Writing: Agency, Voice, Representation, Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Nationalities, Columbia University, Harriman Institute, New York, April 17-20, 2013.
  •  Letters from the ‘Old Country’: Exploring and Defining Ukrainian Canadian Vernacular Letter Writing University of Waterloo, Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences, May 25-27, 2012
  •  Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Contemporary Creative Writing about Ukrainian Labour Migration, Association for the Study of Nationalities Global Convention, Columbia University, Harriman Institute, April 17-20, 2012.
  •  Searching for Collective Memory of Recent Past: Oral History of Decollectivisation in Ukraine in the 1990s,Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Nationalities, Columbia University, Harriman Institute, New York, April 14-17, 2010.
  • Born into Collective Farming: Ukrainian Villagers on Decollectivisation in Ukraine in the 1990s, International Oral History Association Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, July 7-11, 2010.

Other Research Outcomes

  •  Video Documentary “Oral History of the 20th Street,” produced with the students enrolled in Oral History Course, for Max TV on Demand, April 2012. Film director Brent Poncelet.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTxQlzqi9qE
  • 2009    “Oral History of Decollectivization in Ukraine in the 1990s.” Oral History Collection. 123 interviews with former collective farmers in Ukraine in ten regions. An archived collection of interview transcripts, audio files and other documentation. Collection is housed at the Prairie Centre for the Ukrainian Heritage, U of Saskatchewan                   
  •  2007    “Oral History of Sociocultural Change on the Canadian Prairies.” Oral History Collection. 103 interviews with Ukrainian Canadians in Saskatchewan and Alberta. An archived collection of interview transcripts, audio files and other documentation. Collection is housed in Shannon Library, STM College, U of Saskatchewan             

 

 

Teaching Responsibilities

ANTH 111.3 Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology

ANTH 227.3 Cultures of Central and Eastern Europe                                                                                 

ANTH 233.3 Anthropological perspectives on Ukraine    

ANTH 330.3 Oral History and Storytelling: Anthropological perspectives             

INTS 202.3 Ukrainian History and Culture: An Introduction

RLST 413.3 Ritual and Narrative: Anthropological Perspectives

Administrative Responsibilities

Head, Department of Religion and Culture

Chair, Interdisciplinary Minor in Ukrainian Studies

Convener, Engaged Scholar Journal Initiative

Member of Executive, Faculty Union

Coordinator, Oral History Program and Personal Sources Archives, Prairie Centre for Ukrainian Heritage, http://pcuh.stmcollege.ca/programs-and-projects/oral-history-program/